Cate which seems to clearly present his understanding of the necessity of using the atomic bombs to end World War II. When the message came to Potsdam that a successful atomic explosion had taken place in New Mexico, there was much excitement and conversation about the effect on the war then in progress with Japan. I called a meeting of the Secretary of State, Mr.
But this day would be different, very different. On this day a single bomb dropped by a single airplane destroyed the city, leading to the end of World War II and introducing mankind to the Atomic Age.
Michihiko Hachiya lived through that day and kept a diary of his experience. His diary was published in English in Suddenly, a strong flash of light Shimmering leaves, reflecting sunlight from a cloudless sky, made a pleasant contrast with shadows in my garden as I gazed absently through wide-flung doors opening to the south.
Clad in drawers and undershirt, I was sprawled on the living room floor exhausted because I had just spent a sleepless night on duty as an air warden in my hospital. Suddenly, a strong flash of light startled me - and then another. So well does one recall little things that I remember vividly how a stone lantern in the garden became brilliantly lit and I debated whether this light was caused by a magnesium flare or sparks from a passing trolley.
The view where a moment before had been so bright and sunny was now dark and hazy. Through swirling dust I could barely discern a wooden column that had supported one comer of my house. It was leaning crazily and the roof sagged dangerously. By picking my way cautiously I managed to reach the roka [an outside hallway] and stepped down into my garden.
A profound weakness overcame me, so I stopped to regain my strength. To my surprise I discovered that I was completely naked How odd! Where were my drawers and undershirt?
All over the right side of my body I was cut and bleeding. A large splinter was protruding from a mangled wound in my thigh, and something warm trickled into my mouth. My check was torn, I discovered as I felt it gingerly, with the lower lip laid wide open. Embedded in my neck was a sizable fragment of glass which I matter-of-factly dislodged, and with the detachment of one stunned and shocked I studied it and my blood-stained hand.
Where was my wife? Suddenly thoroughly alarmed, I began to yell for her: Had my carotid artery been cut? Would I bleed to death? Yaeko-san, where are you? A five- hundred-ton bomb has fallen! Seeing her, I was reassured. My own panic assuaged, I tried to reassure her.
Hachiya and his wife make there way to the street. As the homes around them collapse, they realize they must move on, and begin their journey to the hospital a few hundred yards away. After the Blast "We started out, but after twenty or thirty steps I had to stop.
My breath became short, my heart pounded, and my legs gave way under me. An overpowering thirst seized me and I begged Yaeko-san to find me some water.
But there was no water to be found. After a little my strength somewhat returned and we were able to go on. I was still naked, and although I did not feel the least bit of shame, I was disturbed to realize that modesty had deserted me.
On rounding a corner we came upon a soldier standing idly in the street. He had a towel draped across his shoulder, and I asked if he would give it to me to cover my nakedness. The soldier surrendered the towel quite willingly but said not a word.
A little later I lost the towel, and Yaeko-san took off her apron and tied it around my loins. Our progress towards the hospital was interminably slow, until finally, my legs, stiff from drying blood, refused to carry me farther.
The strength, even the will, to go on deserted me, so I told my wife, who was almost as badly hurt as I, to go on alone.
This she objected to, but there was no choice. She had to go ahead and try to find someone to come back for me.WEB SITES ON RELATED TOPICS: The Leo Szilard page (The Manhattan Project and the atomic bombings).. Chronology on the Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki (by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)..
The Hiroshima Archive.. Chronological History of Nuclear Weapons. The Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks on the Empire of Japan during World War II (WWII).
The United States and the Allies were fighting against Japan and slowly winning. Two nuclear weapons were dropped on Japan, one on the city of Hiroshima and the other on the city of caninariojana.com generals wanted to bomb . Children of the Atomic Bomb: An American Physician’s Memoir of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and the Marshall Islands (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society) Hardcover – .
The most controversial decision of the 20th century—probably in all of history—was the one reportedly made by President Harry S. Truman, president of the United States and commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces, in the summer of to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.
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